To Be Successful in College - Students Take Steps to:
  • Read and ask questions in order to understand ISU communications.
  • Access ISU email account regularly and immediately respond using professional communication etiquette as needed.
  • Keep all official ISU communication (letters, emails, flyers) in an accessible place:
    • Admissions Letter
    • Admissions Agreement Letter
    • Financial Aid Contract
    • The Advisor brochure
    • ISU email communication
    • Degree Map for Intended Major
  • Bring relevant communication with them when meeting with an advisor, faculty, or staff.
  • Learn the names of ISU personnel assisting them.
  • Understand there are different expectations in college from those in high school.
  • Take time to adjust to the culture and seek help when confused or overwhelmed. Do not stop attending classes without meeting with an advisor.
  • Realize that college requires more time spent in individual study outside of the classroom. Study the amount of time necessary to show their academic potential (2-3 hrs study time for each hour in class is the MINIMUM for most students).
  • Commit to attending every class and develop the ability to be a self-directed learner.
  • Develop a balanced class schedule keeping in mind that different courses have different styles.
  • Pair difficult and time consuming courses with lighter ones.
  • Carefully consider work-life-school balance and make adjustments to the number of credits taken each semester based on what must be the highest priority (i.e. school, work hours, family, civic, or church duties, etc.).
  • Find a tutor as soon as possible when challenges arise. Utilize the math lab and Writing Center.
  • Get together with other students and form study groups to discuss concepts, gain insights, and discover information that might not be in personal study notes.
  • Pick a few extracurricular activities and get involved.
  • Learn academic terminology and class schedule terms.
  • Review the undergraduate catalog and understand that it is the ultimate academic guidebook. Familiarize themselves with university requirements, major, and college requirements.
  • Be aware of university deadlines on the Academic Calendar (i.e. add/drop deadline, fee payment deadline, withdrawal deadline, etc.).
  • Review Degree Works Audit and meet with an advisor to make course selections that are based on a relevant degree map.
  • Know the importance of student status (good standing, probation, dismissal, readmit) and take steps to Stay on Track.
  • Meet with an advisor at least once every semester to review progress toward graduation.
  • Find academic support as needed, knowing it is readily available, without charge, throughout ISU.
  • Stay focused through the end of each semester. Look up mid-term and final grades on BengalWeb.
  • Maintain a positive attitude while reaching for academic goals, read as much as possible, and work hard to get the maximum benefit of the time and dollars invested in education.
  • Know the names of class instructors and always refer to them as "Dr." or "Professor" unless invited to do otherwise.
  • Communicate appropriately with instructors.
  • Make sure instructors know you. Find a way to introduce yourself and talk to instructors at the beginning of each semester.
  • Attend every class understanding that class attendance affects grades. Arrive on time, and turn in assignments on time.
  • Understand instructors work hard to prepare for class and publish their expectations and policies in the course syllabus.
  • Ask questions. College is not a contest. All students learn at their own pace and should not compare themselves with others if they do not understand something the first time around.
  • Answer questions. Instructors prepare lectures hoping to stimulate students' minds and appreciate every student's effort to demonstrate knowledge.
  • Are not afraid to ask for help. If an assignment or question posed in class is unclear, pleasantly ask the instructor for further clarification.
  • Do not expect instructors to be outstanding every day or to be personal counselors. Instructors are human, they make mistakes and have bad days. It is not their job to entertain.
  • Provide instructors with feedback. Fill out course evaluations as they provide instructors and department chairs with information on classroom performance. Give clear examples of what you would like to see more or less of.
  • Balance activities and plan to spend time doing a variety of activities: classes, homework, eating, sleeping, and recreation. Take a break from studies and do something fun every week.
  • Set a time and place to study. Study the amount of time necessary to show your academic potential (2-3 hrs study time for each hour in class is the MINIMUM for most students). Study in the same place and at the same time and build this time into a daily schedule so it becomes a habit.
  • Make a schedule and stick to it! If alterations to a schedule must be made for some reason, do not just give up but rather get back on a schedule as soon as possible.
  • Put important due dates on a calendar and include dates to begin work on important course projects with progress deadlines. Count backwards to give plenty of time to complete goals.
  • Do not cram. Schedule study time like it is a regular class. Avoid marathon studying. Take breaks ever 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours to ensure they remain alert and concentrate on the subject at hand.
  • Check mid-term grades in registration history on Bengal Web.
  • Make an appointment to meet with every instructor in every class during their office hours to review issues related to midterm grades.
  • Do not make excuses, make an appointment to meet with an advisor and make a performance improvement plan, if necessary.
  • Review the Academic Calendar to determine the last day to withdraw from a course. Meet with an advisor to discuss the issues that arise when withdrawing from one or more courses.
  • Use the GPA calculator to make necesary decisions about what to do differently for the remainder of the semester to maintain a healthy GPA.
  • To review their academic status, progress toward graduation, and relevant deadlines for any appeals before the beginning of the next semester.
  • To determine the impact of withdrawal on graduation, GPA, financial aid, scholarship, and family.
  • Complete online probation workshop every semester when not in good academic standing.
  • Are aware of Financial Aid SAP rules and the issues that may lead to being denied Financial Aid assistance or lead to dismissal from the university.
  • Relax.
  • Recreate.
  • Reconnect.

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